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Banned Books Week 2012

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2012 marked the 30th Anniversary of Banned Books Week. It was also the first year FTRF was an official sponsor of Banned Books Week.

Eight organizations were recipients of 2012 Krug Fund Banned Books Week $1,000 Event Grants!

Read more about their grants in our press release.

A compilation video from 2012 Krug Fund grant recipients is viewable here.


Additional videos and descriptions of the grant-winning project can be found on the Krug Fund Banned Books Week Grants page. 

We created a special Facebook photo album featuring photos from their events.

In commemoration of "30 years of liberating literature," the ALA Office for Intellectual Freedom created a timeline of significant book challenges from each year.

FTRF was a National Promotional Partner of AASL's Banned Websites Awareness Day on Wednesday, October 3.

2012 Banned Books Week also featured the second annual Virtual Read-Out.

Two of the 2012 Krug Fund recipients subsequently received $10,000 John Cotton Dana awards for excellence in promotion of library services. Congratulations to Cal Poly's Kennedy Library and Lawrence Public Library!

Cal Poly City Lit Theater Company Lawrence Public Library Talkeetna Judith's Reading Room ACLU of Pennsylvania St. Catharine College Simon Sanchez High School

• California Polytechnic State University, Robert E. Kennedy Library, for a talk with Stephen Chbosky, a Read-Out, and an "I'm With the Banned" Infographic featuring the most frequently challenged books of the last decade.


• City Lit Theater Company, for "Books on the Chopping Block,” a week-long series of staged readings at Chicago-area public libraries of the previous year’s 10 most frequently challenged books as determined by the American Library Association’s Office for Intellectual Freedom.

• Lawrence (Kan.) Public Library, for "Banned Books Week Trading Cards,” a daily giveaway of baseball-like cards depicting the artwork and "statistics” of various banned and challenged books. Other events sponsored by the library will be a Read-Out, photo booth, panel discussion of local writers and attorneys with experience dealing with book challenges and "Cozy up to a Banned Book,” an interactive installation wherein patrons can sit in a recliner and read various library books.

• Friends of the Talkeetna (Alaska) Public Library, in support of the Second Annual Great Talkeetna Festival of Books. Unfortunately, much of the festival was cancelled due to a flood. However, the adult and children's poster competitions were successful.

• Judith’s Reading Room, for "Freedom Through Literature,” a three-pronged media and event campaign highlighting 30 years of banned books. Each Judith’s Reading Room library was to feature banned books and Banned Books Week posters. Keynote events, including flash mobs and featured speakers, will take place at Lafayette College and Villanova University in Pennsylvania and at the University of Southern California.

ACLU of Pennsylvania
, Greater Pittsburgh Chapter, was awarded a 2012 Krug Fund grant for their 17th annual "fREADom: A Celebration of the Freedom to Read,” Read-Out and the second annual "Banned After Dark” event featuring performances of banned or challenged plays, songs and other works. This is the second grant for the ACLU of Pennsylvania, which also was awarded a grant in 2010.

• St. Catharine College (Ky.), for a cook-out, chalk drawings and their fifth annual, three-day-long Banned Books Week Read-Out.

• Simon Sanchez High School (Guam), for Read-Outs, posters and a "Roadside Wave,” featuring celebratory boards and signs. This will be the first commemoration of Banned Books Week for the school, based in Yigo on the northernmost part of Guam.